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July 2014 Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts Members

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the July 31st 2014 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” book, we did a round robin at the table, asking attendees to share what mysteries they’d been reading lately that they felt they could recommend.

Here’s a list of the novels that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

  • Mystery Scene Magazine (not owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Season One based on the books by Kerry Greenwood
  • Mail Order Murder by Leslie Meier
  • The Night Searchers by Marcia Muller
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson
  • Power Play by Catherine Coulter
  • The Book Club at realsimple.com
  • The Hangman – an Inspector Gamache novella by Louise Penny
  • Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins
  • City of Bones and A Darkness More Than Light both by Michael Connelly
  • Longmire the TV series and the Walt Longmire novels by Craig Johnson
  • Private Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  • A Catered Birthday Party by Isis Crawford
  • Black Echo, Black Ice and The Concrete Blonde, all by Michael Connelly
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spie, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and Call for the Dead, all by John LeCarre
  • First Rule by Robert Crais
  • A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald (not in the Lincoln City Libraries)
  • The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  • Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
  • Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
  • That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook
  • The Farm by ???
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
  • Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
  • Cheap Shot a Spenser novel by Ace Atkins
  • Penance by David Housewright
  • Slow Motion Riot by Peter Blauner (not in Lincoln City Libraries)
  • Death Among Strangers by Deidre Laiken
  • No Rest for the Dead by multiple authors
  • Missing Ink by Karen Olsen
  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Murder Past Due by Miranda James
  • Shoot Him If He Runs and others by Stuart Woods

NON-MYSTERIES

  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The National Parks companion book to the documentary by Ken Burns
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart
  • Zodiac Unmasked by Robert Graysmith
  • Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
  • A Long Time Gone by Karen White
  • The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

So, what mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Stuart Woods’ “Doing Hard Time”

doinghardtimeJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on July 31st, 2014, 17 of us enjoyed discussing Stuart Woods’ Doing Hard Time, the 27th volume in that author’s hugely successful Stone Barrington series. [ see our The Works of Stuart Woods handout ]

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods?

Join us next on August 28th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library. We’ll be discussing The Other Woman, first novel in a new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan!

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Gardner’s “Alone”

Just Desserts Logo 225alonegardnerWhen the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on September 26th, 2013, 13 of us enjoyed discussing Lisa Gardner’s Alone, the first volume in her popular D.D. Warren series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Alone by Lisa Gardner?

Join us next on October 24th at the South Branch Library for a general discussion of the first 10 volumes in Carolyn G. Hart’s fan-favorite Death on Demand series. Here’s a list (with links to our catalog) of those first ten volumes:

  • Death on Demand [1987]
  • Design for Murder [1988]
  • Something Wicked [1988]
  • Honeymoon With Murder [1988]
  • A Little Class on Murder [1989]
  • Deadly Valentine [1990]
  • The Christie Caper [1991]
  • Southern Ghost [1992]
  • Mint Julep Murder [1995]
  • Yankee Doodle Dead [1998]

July 2013 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Here is the list of reading recommendations from the July 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they’d been reading lately that they’d recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers in July:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE

  • Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell (on CD)
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child (on CD) [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Good People by Ewart Hutton
  • The Golden Egg by Donna Leon [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Creepers by David Morrell
  • The Husband and four others by Dean Koontz
  • Catch Me by Lisa Gardner [a forthcoming Just Desserts selected author]
  • Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
  • Niceville by Carsten Stroud
  • Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
  • Live Wire by Harlan Coben [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Several books in the bibliophile mystery series by Kate Carlisle
  • Six Years by Harlan Coben [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Bones are Forever by Kathy Reich [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • The 12th of Never by James Patterson
  • Luther, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie
  • The Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
  • Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  • The Dan Shamble zombie mystery series by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Needlecraft mystery series by Monica Ferris
  • The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke [our August Just Desserts selection!]
  • The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • The Cat, the Mill and the Murder by Leann Sweeney
  • Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Mystery Scene magazine — link goes to the official website for the magazine; the libraries do not subscribe to this magazine at this time
  • Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan
  • Covert Affairs, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Trident K9 Warriors by Michael Ritland
  • Dan Gets a Minivan by Dan Zevin
  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich (including book-on-CD) [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (including book- on-CD) [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor
  • (an unidentified book about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders in British history)
  • The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Robert Crais’ “The Sentry”

Just Desserts Logo 225sentryWhen the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on July 25, 2013, 17 of us enjoyed discussing the 2011 novel The Sentry by Robert Crais, part of his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Sentry by Robert Crais?

Join us next on August 29th at the South Branch Library for discussion of Joanne Fluke’s The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder!